IGF 2023 WS #364 How to maximize Infrastructure and technological solutions?


Global Digital Governance & Cooperation
Harmonising Global Digital Infrastructure

Organizer 1: Eduardo Leal, Brazil IT Institute
Organizer 2: Igor José Da Silva Araújo , 🔒
Organizer 3: Millenium Anthony Malamla, 🔒
Organizer 4: Hermenegildo Almeida Chingamba , Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS
Organizer 5: Climate Youth Japan Seinen Kankyo NGO, Climate Youth Japan

Speaker 1: Millenium Anthony Malamla, Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 2: Muhammad Kamran, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Sakshi Misra, Government, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: Denise Leal, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 5: Climate Youth Japan Seinen Kankyo NGO, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Eduardo Leal, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Igor José Da Silva Araújo , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Hermenegildo Almeida Chingamba , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Round Table - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

A- How to maximize infrastructure alternatives especially in marginalized countries?
B- What are the gaps in societal measures, emerging legislation and current regulatory frameworks regarding the role of governments in the topic of technology infrastructure?
C- How technology infrastructure impacts on dealing with environmental disasters or health campaigns like covid-19?

What will participants gain from attending this session? The session is expected to raise awareness about the importance of always highlighting in the dialogues and best practices of Infrastructure alternatives and technology. Participants will gain understanding of the data and the work done by youth-led initiatives, and access to a report that summarizes the discussions, case analyses, and recommendations presented during the session; which will serve as a reference for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners involved in the field of Infrastructure alternatives
It is expected to stimulate the engagement of youth leaders, policymakers and platforms. And we will invite participants to review our work and discuss our proposals, while the output of this session will be shared with governments, international and non-governmental organizations.


Why do some countries manage to experience environmental disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes and recover quickly, while others remain for years facing the consequences? Infrastructure and strategic planning are certainly related in some way, but how exactly? The speakers of this session will bring data from their regions to show the disparity in technology infrastructure, and to urge politicians and the private sector to look for solutions.

To set the context, the discussion will begin with the exploration of Addis Ababa Messages from IGF 2022 pertinent to Global Digital Infrastructure. Our panelists, leading the change in their respective domains, will discuss the current state of regulation and innovation- technological infrastructure in their regions, and the instrumental role youth are playing towards progression.

A recent study by the Analysis Group, commissioned by Meta, estimated that the metaverse economy in Latin America could reach US$320 billion within a decade. However, Latin America and the Caribbean has been going through various political, economic and environmental situations. Would the private sector and governments be able to build the necessary infrastructure to ensure this plan and technological advancement? Thus, they will seek to report our speakers, also going into detail about the situation of technological infrastructure in Africa and Asia.

This session brings together the efforts of the Youth LACIGF, Climate Youth Japan, Natural Resources Law and Sustainable Development Research Group, State Government of Goiás - Brazil, and Tanzania Youth, to produce a final report with 2022 data from the Global South on technological infrastructure, which will serve as a guide for this session and which will be made available to participants on online platforms, with an opened period for suggestions and public consultation.

Expected Outcomes

Session Outcomes:
A - Expanding the vision of the people present in relation to the infrastructure alternatives, and how to maximize resources to deploy technological solutions.
B- Clarify what kind of technology and general investments it has to be made to reach the alternatives of infrastructure presented and understand what can come from this development scenario.

Specific Outcomes:
A- Report summarizing the session. It will be shared online with IGF participants and stakeholders.
B- Compilation of best practices and case studies that present successful initiatives and approaches to promote alternatives of infrastructure, especially in marginalized communities. This resource will be disseminated through online platforms.
C- Follow-up event to continue the dialogue and build on the discussions and outcomes of the session. This event will provide opportunity for further collaboration and knowledge exchange.

Hybrid Format: The session aims to facilitate a roundtable where participants will be part of the session itself.
Tentative agenda:
5’: Introduction and background. The moderator explains how the session will take place and points out that attendees can ask questions by using the hand-raising option or in the chat (online), or by requesting the floor (onsite).
40’: The moderator introduces the policy issues and addresses the speakers with questions in a roundtable fashion.
10’: Open floor. The moderator invites all participants to take the floor either online or onsite.
5’: Key takeaways (rapporteur) and conclusions.

The session is going to ensure interactions through a Q&A and comment section in the online application where the session will be taking place (e.g. Zoom). Both online and onsite moderators will make sure that the questions and comments are not overlooked through effective communication, but play an important role throughout the session